EcoClean Celebrates One Year Anniversary of PROPS Community Giving Program and Selects HealthStart as their September Partner

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Austin’s progressive Garment Care Business provides an alternative to toxic drycleaning AND gives back to the community. EcoClean raised $4700 in the last year for twelve local organizations.

Today marks the one year anniversary of EcoClean’s community giving program, PROPS. Over the last year they have raised $4700 for the following organizations: Hill Country Conservancy, SafePlace, Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Pets Alive, SOS, Project Transitions, Keep Austin Beautiful, Theater Action Project, Sustainable Food Center, Colorado River foundation, KOOP Radio, and Austin Film Society. “It’s our way of saying thank you, of showing ‘proper respect’ we like to say, to the organizations fighting the good fight here in Austin. This town is just full of unsung heroes busy creating positive change. From water quality to fair access to the arts, the work our partners do is a critical in making Austin the great city it is,” says Kerstin Shoberg, EcoClean Manager.

Through the PROPS program, EcoClean donates 5% of their sales every Wednesday to their partner of the month. “Our customers make progressive choices for their health and the environment. The PROPS program is an extension of that pro-active spirit. We commit to giving the 5%, but it’s up to the broader community to come in with their cleaning and increase the donation,” says Shoberg.

Starting this Wednesday, the September 5% will be donated to The HealthStart Foundation, a local organization dedicated to a healthier future through early childhood health and wellness curriculum. "HealthStart is working to create healthy communities through early health education by teaching pre-K kids the ABC's of nutrition, exercise, wellness and body awareness. What children learn at an early age can positively influence choices they will make for the rest of their lives, which we hope will lead to healthier children, families and communities,” says HealthStart executive director Robin Herskowitz. Individuals can contribute to the HealthStart vision by patronizing EcoClean any Wednesday this month.

"I've been going to EcoClean for years now, and just joined up with HealthStart a few months ago. It's great to see my interests and values coming together in the community like this."
                                             -HealthStart Board Member Scott Gilman

EcoClean is an eco-friendly garment cleaner, and its professional wet cleaning is considered by the EPA to be the safest alternative to dry cleaning. In February of this year, the EPA classified the chemical used in 70% of dry cleaning, Perc, as a likely human carcinogen. Perc is also the primary contaminant in over half of our country’s Superfund sites (hazardous waste sites on the EPA’s National Priority List based on potential health impact). Despite its catastrophic environmental impact and health concerns, Perc continues to be the main chemical used in most dry cleaning.

“We are here at the cutting edge of the dry-cleaning revolution,” says Shoberg, “there is absolutely no reason to keep using petroleum solvents to clean clothes. The risks are too high.”

EcoClean professionally cleans clothing, household, and commercial items using their safe and sustainable process. Beyond providing an alternative to dry cleaning, EcoClean prides itself on high touch customer service, hand pressing of every garment, 24 hour turn around and free delivery to over 400 Austin homes and businesses.

Established in 1996, EcoClean is a member of both the Austin Independent Business Association (AIBA) and Austin EcoNetwork. For more information visit and @ecocleanaustin. Or go old school and visit 2915 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705 or call: (512) 236-8645

Austinites are encouraged to bring garments and household cleaning into EcoClean any Wednesday to ensure 5% of their bill will go to a deserving organization. September’s PROPS organization is The HealthStart Foundation.

"We're really excited to partner with EcoClean because their emphasis on chemical-free cleaning represents our shared values: supporting the health of individuals and the community, and creating a healthier future for all of us. We need to have constant awareness of what we put both in and on our bodies, and also to teach our kids how to have this awareness and why it's important."
                                             -- Robin Herskowitz. HealthStart Executive Director

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